How to make a Yarn Swift / Skein Winder the Easy Way!

I had spun too much yarn to wind up easily on my niddy noddy, so I needed another option.  This yarn swift / skein winder was easy to make, is adjustable in size, and for me, completely free because I already had all of the parts.

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Start with something that will rotate easily.  I had this wooden Lazy Susan.  What is important about this one is that the base holds the spinning surface up off of the table.  I can’t find a link for a wooden one, but this one should work.

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

 

Set grippy shelf liner or something similar on top.

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

 

Set a larger piece of wood on top of the grippy surface.  I happened to have an 18″ wooden circle that is about 3/4″ thick viagra generique ligne.  It would not have to be a circle, nor even wood.  It just needs to be sturdy enough for the next steps.

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

 

Here you can see all of the layers from the side.

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

 

Attach C Clamps around the edge.  Here I used 8 of them.  The size of the top board and the number and placement of the C Clamps will determine the size of the skein.  Here is a C Clamp on Amazon.

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

 

Attach the end of the yarn to one of the C Clamps then spin it until all of your yarn is wound on.

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

Easy to make Yarn Swift by Helene Jacobs

 

Once the yarn is wound on, loosely place ties around the skein in several places to control it.

You can also use this by putting a skein on it, then winding it off onto a ball.  A Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel can be used as a ball winder, as well as spinning beautiful yarn.

 

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About The Author

Helene Jacobs

Helene Jacobs, author of the Ancient Wire jewelry making series, specializes in recreating ancient jewelry from many different cultures. She gives her readers detailed instructions for creating beautiful historic jewelry and shows them where they can learn more about the history of the pieces. As she finds new information on the artifacts in her books, Helene updates her websites, www.AncientWire.com & www.HeleneJacobs.com .

Helene has been researching history for over 30 years and has received several awards from a worldwide historical organization. At the request of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Helene created a replica of a 2500 year old necklace from the Mysterious Bog People exhibit.

Helene has always had a passion for creating, figuring things out and teaching. As soon as she discovered techniques to make beautiful jewelry simply, she began teaching classes. Her class handout evolved into her first book, Ancient Wire, an instructional book for creating chains and other items of jewelry with the method variously known as Viking wire weaving, Viking chain knitting or Viking knit. Ancient Wire II followed, demonstrating how to make timeless items that are still beautiful today, but were originally created over 1000 years ago. These books can be found on her web site www.AncientWire.com or at www.amazon.com/author/helenejacobs , and will be joined by other books in the Ancient Wire series.

Helene’s latest book is How to Make Your Own Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel For Spinning Fiber into Yarn. The designs presented in this book can be easily customized to fit your needs; several of the Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel designs are adapted from historical examples and artwork. There are even options for doing more than just spinning with your Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel, like using it to wind balls of yarn.

After traveling extensively with her military family, Helene settled in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, father, and fluffy dog, where she likes to relax with her friends over a good cup of coffee, and update her blog www.AncientWireBlog.com with her various crafty endeavors.

Though it takes just a few tools to make the jewelry described in her books, Helene has an embarrassingly large collection of pliers.

Helene had to test designs for her book How to Make Your Own Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel, which resulted in an embarrassingly large collection of spinning wheels and fiber. :-)

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